We make no apologies for revisiting a favourite topic with a new selection of the latest stunning images of flamingos at the Salt Lakes, Larnaca. It's the fifth in our weekly series of Cyprus images with photos taken early yesterday morning by contributing photographer Phil Parker - click the images below to enlarge.
Please note that these photos, as with all photos, were taken from a safe distance so as not to disturb the flamingos. The Larnaca Tourism Board recently issued a reminder calling for people not to enter the water or use any other method/device to create a disturbance. The tourism board fully understands that visitors want to see this unique wetland close up but they also call on people to respect the ecosystem and behave in a responsible manner. The Larnaca tourism board calls on all those who witness actions that disturb birds to immediately contact the game fund who are on patrol day and night on 99 542774 or 99 634325.
Besides its undoubted beauty, the Larnaca Salt Lake is the temporary home to 85 species of water-birds with estimated populations of between 20,000–38,000. It is one of the important migratory passages through Cyprus with 2,000–12,000 flamingoes spending the winter months there feeding off the brine shrimp. The salt lake, located west of Larnaca, is a Natura 2000 site, a Ramsar site, and a special protected area under the Barcelona convention. It is considered one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus, covering an area of 2.2 square kilometres.
Phil Parker describes himself as an amateur photographer and has been uploading photos to the Cyprus Eastern Forum for many years. He used a Canon eos 650D camera to take these shots and says "the pleasure I get from my photos is knowing that people are enjoying them". We certainly do love them and will be featuring various collections over the coming weeks.